Whew, another long time no speak! I have a lot of big news, I guess it’s been piling up and I haven’t really thought to write about it. I should start making Sunday evenings a regular time to catch up on the week and write stuff down. Anyway, the biggest of news is that I went and made some permanent life decisions on Friday the 13th and got my first tattoo!
But we’ll get to that in a bit. Hah, I’m such a tease. Let’s start from my last post about my Texaversary party and work our way up.
JT bought a giant spoon:
We mostly use it to take shots out of at the office bar.
I celebrated my one year at rewardStyle!
Then, the first of the big news. I broke up with Jenny. I know I’ve had nothing but good things to say about her on the blog, but something happened over the holidays while I was in Wisconsin that broke the trust we had in our relationship completely. We tried to make it work for a bit, but ultimately I decided she was a person that was best to not have in my life. I think this is a positive change that opens me up to many more options. She moved out a couple of weeks ago.
Most of the stuff in the apartment was hers, so I have a lot more room now.
I started my career as a fashion model.
I got a big bonus at work, went on a small shopping spree and bought some new shoes. I got some new Nike running shoes and some black on black Tom Paseos. I’m starting to think I have too many shoes. I have two running shoes, one dress shoe, one flip flop, and three casuals. That’s seven pairs. I think I’m probably good on shoes for a while now.
I started dating and seeing some new people. It’s been really fun meeting all kinds of people Dallas has to offer. I went with Ashley to my first Mavericks game.
But the Mavericks broke my heart from the first game I saw them play. We lost! It was kind of a sad game because we were always behind the LA Clippers by about 6-10 points consistently. We pulled ahead in the second half for a few minutes, but then sunk back down. In the last quarter we were down quite a bit and it was becoming pretty obvious they weren’t going to win my first game. We stayed until the bitter end and then went out and drank until we forgot the defeat. It would have been cool to see a win, but it was fun just to go to a game.
Here’s more big news!
My friend Nick is a realtor and he helped me find the perfect new apartment for when my lease is up next month. He showed me several places, but I fell in love with Echo Dallas. I signed my lease and now it’s official! I’ll be moving from Bella Casita, my first home in Texas, to Echo on March 28th! The excitement is real. Major thanks to Nick for helping me find my perfect home. It was nice to have more time to think on the options this time around. Before I only had about three days to pick a place and ended all the way up in Las Colinas. Starting in March I’ll be right in the center of everything.
Now, here’s the part you came to read about. My tattoo! I had been wanting to get a tattoo for a long time, and I had a few of them planned out. I was talking to Nick and Bizzy about this one night and Bizzy said that I should set a date to get one. If I don’t set a date, It’ll never actually happen. I agreed that was probably true, so I opened up my calendar and picked a Saturday a couple of weekends away. It was Valentine’s Day, perfect! Nick and Bizzy said they would go with me and get one, too!
I was thinking about it a few days later though and realized that if Saturday was the 14th then that meant that it was Friday the 13th the day before that. I thought it would be perfect if my first tattoo was a Deep Ellum Friday the 13th tattoo. The Friday the 13th tattoo tradition was started by Oliver Peck at Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas and is now mimicked all across the US. I changed my mind about a Valentine’s Day tattoo and decided I’d rather have a piece of Dallas and US tattoo history on me.
There are a lot of options you can choose from, and you have to pick one from the board. You can see the options here. I already knew I wanted it to be on my left arm but was deciding between the lightning bolts, the Mayan, and the Egyptian. I decided to go with the lightning bolts that spell out the number 13.
We had to register on Thursday at Anvil Pub. We went and I asked Bizzy and Nick what they were gonna get but they said they hadn’t even looked at the chart yet. Haha. They both already have a lot of tattoos so I guess they hadn’t thought about it as much as I had. Nick said he was gonna get the word “thirtizzle” tattooed on his neck, and I thought that was hilarious but he decided that was probably a really bad idea (which it was). We signed up, paid our $20, and we were set!
The next day at the office was a pretty easy day. Gary’s wife showed up at the office with huge crates of flowers and crafting supplies and brought them to us to make cards and bouquets for our Valentines! How sweet of her. She helped us get set up and we put together a bunch of bouquets, it was a lot of fun and a great way to spend the day.
Work ended pretty early because it was the last day of the sprint. We finished up our last meeting and headed to the bar to have some drinks before I got my tattoo done. I wasn’t really nervous but more curious about what it would feel like. I was thankful I decided to start small instead of attempting a large one first, just in case. I had a couple of drinks at the bar with my coworkers, then went to meet Nick at Green Room for some more. I wanted to have several drinks in me before I went to the tattoo parlor. We had a few more drinks and then met Bizzy, then headed over to the shop at 7:45. The line was out the door and around the corner for people that didn’t have appointments scheduled. We signed in and got in the appointments line. That’s when I started to get a bit nervous.
“What one do you want?” They asked.
“Number 84, please. Can I get it without the shading on the sides?”
“Yeah of course, I’ll write that in the notes here, but remind your artist before hand.”
In line again. I was up first out of the three of us.
There were five artists and I got one with a table.
“Hey is this you?” He holds up a stencil of the lightning bolts.
“Yep that’s the one. Without the shading here though, please.”
“Ok, where do you want it?”
I gestured to my left arm on the underside and he cleaned and shaved the area. I laid down on the table held my arm to my chest as tightly as I could because I wanted to keep it steady. I just wanted to get on with it.
He’s like “Ok relax, you’re way to tense right now.”
I was trying to tense up so that I wouldn’t move, but when I relaxed my arm I felt totally ready. I definitely over-thought it and hyped up what it was going to feel like. When the tattoo machine touched my arm it was a very minor irritation, somewhat like a sunburn that you can trace where it’s moving with your fingers. But, it felt kind of pleasant too. I can definitely see how people get addicted to getting tattoos. It was over with way too quickly. Less than a minute and I was done.
“Do you want the shading outlined or nah?”
“No, just the bolts, please.”
“Ok, how does that look?”
I look over at my arm and it’s already done. Too easy. I was almost disappointed it wasn’t more of an ordeal! Definitely can’t wait to get more done.
Here’s the finished, mostly healed product:
Anyway, I’m really happy with how it turned out and really happy that I finally got to cross that experience off. After I got done, I went and had another drink with Nick and Bizzy before they went to a concert down the street and I went to Ashley’s birthday party at Black Swan. Had an awesome rest of the night and met a lot more interesting people.
Had a pretty chill Valentine’s Day the next day with a date at my place. Movie night, drinks, and dinner. Then, brunch and homemade mimosas this afternoon. Overall, a great Friday the 13th // Valentine’s Day weekend!
I’ll try and not go so long without an update next time. Have a great rest of your Sunday, everyone!